The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards Committee of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) is seeking a young person who wants to make a difference in meeting the environmental challenges of the future. The Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary is awarded annually by MVFN to assist a graduating high school student who will be pursuing post-secondary studies in a field related to the natural environment. One bursary of $1000 will be awarded this year to a deserving student from our area. The Bursary is named for Cliff Bennett, a founding member of MVFN, and was established in 2007 by Cliff’s many friends on the occasion of his 75th birthday, to honour his contributions with a lasting legacy. To date, $8200 has been awarded to fifteen graduates from six high schools in Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, and Dunrobin who have pursued studies in twelve programs at three colleges and six universities across the country.
To be eligible for the nature bursary, a student must be graduating from a local high school with acceptance to a college or university program related to nature and the environment. As well as academic achievement, the Committee will consider an applicant’s involvement in issues related to the natural environment; previous recipients actively promoted environmental awareness through school projects and volunteering.
Post-secondary studies by bursary winners have included ecosystem management, environmental engineering, and zoology. Other recipients followed their passion in environmental stewardship by studying fish and wildlife management or biotechnology. “I am pleased that the Bursary may encourage a young person today to become an environmental leader tomorrow” says Cliff Bennett. “I consider it an investment in our shared environmental future”.
Bursary application forms will be available from the student service offices at area high schools, or at mvfn.ca . The deadline for applications is Monday, May 2, 2016. For further information, students may contact Mike Macpherson, Chair of the Cliff Bennett Nature Bursary Awards Committee, at 613-256-3043 or